100 Hard to Say Words in English

 Introduction
English pronunciation has its rules, but its exceptions are making a few words hard to say. These 100 hard to say words is a short list to help learners to pronounce some challenging words in English, which has both difficult and common ones for various users to try. We leverage the computer's text-to-speak feature to pronounce them word by word. Try it, and hear how Google, Apple, or Microsoft's guys say these difficult words.
 100 Hard to Say Words in English

100 Hard to Say Words in English

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accede
affidavit
alias
anathema
anemone
antarctic
apocryphal
athlete
barbiturate
boatswain
cache
cacophony
camaraderie
cardsharp
cavalry
choir
colloquialism
colonel
conch
cornet
debauch
demagogue
dilate
diphtheria
draught
electoral
emollient
epitome
espouse
espresso
fatuous
February
foliage
forte
foyer
grandiloquent
hegemony
hierarchy
ignominious
inchoate
isthmus
jewelry
knell
larynx
liable
library
maelstrom
masonry
mauve
mayonnaise
miniature
mischievous
moot
nadir
neophyte
noisome
nuptial
onomatopoeia
ordnance
orient
ostensibly
panacea
parentheses
parliament
penguin
percolate
peremptory
pernickety
perspire
phenomenon
phlegmatic
pollute
posthumous
potable
prerogative
pronunciation
protean
puerile
pulchritude
quinoa
quixotic
relevant
respite
rural
sanguine
scissors
segue
sherbet
silicon
sixth
squirrel
staid
successful
suite
supremacist
surfeit
synecdoche
temperature
tenet
timbre
triathlon
truculent
verbiage
voluptuous
yolk
zephyr
zoology

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accede
Pronounce   v. agree or express agreement, take on duties or office
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affidavit
Pronounce   n. written declaration made under oath, a written statement sworn to be true before someone legally authorized to administer an oath
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alias
Pronounce   ad. as known or named at another time or place
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anathema
Pronounce   n. a formal curse by a pope or a council of the Church, excommunicating a person or denouncing a doctrine
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anemone
Pronounce   n. any woodland plant of the genus Anemone grown for its beautiful flowers and whorls of dissected leaves
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antarctic
Pronounce   n. the region around the south pole, at or near the south pole
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apocryphal
Pronounce   a. of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true
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athlete
Pronounce   n. a person trained to compete in sports
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barbiturate
Pronounce   n. organic compound having powerful soporific effect, overdose can be fatal
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boatswain
Pronounce   n. ship,s officer in charge of equipment
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cache
Pronounce   n. a secret store of valuables or money
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cacophony
Pronounce   n. harsh discordant mixture of sounds
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camaraderie
Pronounce   n. the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability
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cardsharp
Pronounce   n. a person who cheats at cards in order to win money
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cavalry
Pronounce   n. a highly mobile army unit, troops trained to fight on horseback
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choir
Pronounce   n. a family of similar musical instrument playing together
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colloquialism
Pronounce   n. characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
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colonel
Pronounce   n. a commissioned military officer in the army who ranks above a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier general
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conch
Pronounce   n. a large spiral shell, or the tropical snail-like sea creature that lives in it
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cornet
Pronounce   n. a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone, has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves
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debauch
Pronounce   n. a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
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demagogue
Pronounce   n. a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions and prejudices
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dilate
Pronounce   v. add details, as to an account or idea, clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
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diphtheria
Pronounce   n. a serious infectious disease that causes fever and difficulty in breathing and swallowing
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draught
Pronounce   n. a current of unpleasantly cold air blowing through a room
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electoral
Pronounce   a. relating to or composed of electors, of or relating to elections
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emollient
Pronounce   a. having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin
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epitome
Pronounce   n. a standard or typical example, a brief abstract (as of an article or book)
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espouse
Pronounce   v. take in marriage, become involved with or support an activity or opinion
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espresso
Pronounce   n. strong coffee, or a cup of this, made by forcing hot water through crushed coffee beans and served without milk
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fatuous
Pronounce   a. stupid, not correct, or not carefully thought about
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February
Pronounce   n. the month following January and preceding March
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foliage
Pronounce   n. the leaves of a plant or tree, or leaves on the stems or branches on which they are growing
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forte
Pronounce   a. a strong ability, something that a person can do well
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foyer
Pronounce   n. a large entrance or reception room or area
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grandiloquent
Pronounce   a. puffed up with vanity, lofty in style
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hegemony
Pronounce   n. the dominance or leadership of one social group or nation over others
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hierarchy
Pronounce   n. a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system, the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body
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ignominious
Pronounce   a. (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
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inchoate
Pronounce   a. only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
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isthmus
Pronounce   n. a narrow piece of land with water on each side that joins two larger areas of land
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jewelry
Pronounce   n. an adornment made of precious metals and set with gems
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knell
Pronounce   v. ring as in announcing death
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larynx
Pronounce   n. an organ in humans and animals between the nose and the lungs that contains the muscles to create the voice or sounds
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liable
Pronounce   a. held legally responsible, subject to legal action
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library
Pronounce   n. a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study
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maelstrom
Pronounce   n. a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
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masonry
Pronounce   n. the bricks and pieces of stone that are used to make a building
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mauve
Pronounce   n. pale purple colour, pale purple aniline dye
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mayonnaise
Pronounce   n. a thick, white sauce made from oil, vinegar, and the yellow part of eggs, usually eaten cold
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miniature
Pronounce   a. used to describe something that is a very small copy of an object
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mischievous
Pronounce   a. deliberately causing harm or damage, naughtily or annoyingly playful
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moot
Pronounce   v. think about carefully, suggest something for discussion
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nadir
Pronounce   n. an extreme state of adversity, the lowest point of anything
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neophyte
Pronounce   n. any new participant in some activity
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noisome
Pronounce   a. offensively malodorous, very unpleasant and offensive
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nuptial
Pronounce   a. belonging or relating to a marriage or to the state of being married
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onomatopoeia
Pronounce   n. using words that imitate the sound they denote
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ordnance
Pronounce   n. military supplies, especially weapons and bombs
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orient
Pronounce   v. adjust to a specific need or market, make someone familiar with a new place
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ostensibly
Pronounce   ad. in a way that appears or claims to be one thing when it is really something else
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panacea
Pronounce   n. something that will solve all problems
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parentheses
Pronounce   n. round brackets, the symbols that are put around a word, phrase, or sentence in a piece of writing
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parliament
Pronounce   n. a legislative assembly in certain countries
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penguin
Pronounce   n. short-legged flightless birds of cold southern, especially Antarctic regions
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percolate
Pronounce   v. move slowly through a substance with very small holes in it
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peremptory
Pronounce   a. not allowing contradiction or refusal, putting an end to all debate or action
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pernickety
Pronounce   a. placing too much emphasis on minor details
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perspire
Pronounce   v. sweat, pass liquid through the skin
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phenomenon
Pronounce   n. any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning
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phlegmatic
Pronounce   a. showing little emotion, not emotional or excited about things
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pollute
Pronounce   v. make an area or substance, usually air, water, or soil, dirty or harmful to people, animals, and plants
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posthumous
Pronounce   a. occurring or coming into existence after a person's death
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potable
Pronounce   a. clean and safe to drink, suitable for drinking
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prerogative
Pronounce   n. a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group, especially a hereditary or official right
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pronunciation
Pronounce   n. the way a word or a language is customarily spoken, the manner in which someone utters a word
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protean
Pronounce   a. taking on different forms, easily and continuously changing
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puerile
Pronounce   a. of or characteristic of a child, displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity
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pulchritude
Pronounce   n. physical beauty, especially of a woman
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quinoa
Pronounce   n. the seeds of a South American plant that are cooked and eaten as food
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quixotic
Pronounce   a. not sensible about practical matters, idealistic and unrealistic
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relevant
Pronounce   a. having a bearing on or connection with the subject at issue
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respite
Pronounce   v. postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
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rural
Pronounce   a. of or relating to the countryside as opposed to the city, living in or characteristic of farming or country life
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sanguine
Pronounce   a. confidently optimistic and cheerful, positive and hoping for good things
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scissors
Pronounce   n. a device used for cutting materials such as paper, cloth, and hair, consisting of two sharp blades
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segue
Pronounce   v. proceed without interruption in music or talk, change smoothly from one state or situation to another
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sherbet
Pronounce   n. a frozen dessert made primarily of fruit juice and sugar, but also containing milk or egg-white or gelatin
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silicon
Pronounce   n. a tetravalent nonmetallic element, the most abundant element in the earth's crust that occurs in clay
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sixth
Pronounce   a. coming next after the fifth and just before the seventh in position
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squirrel
Pronounce   n. a small furry animal with a long tail which climbs trees and feeds on nuts and seeds
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staid
Pronounce   a. serious, boring, and slightly old-fashioned
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successful
Pronounce   a. having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome
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suite
Pronounce   n. a set of connected rooms, especially in a hotel
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supremacist
Pronounce   n. a person who advocates the supremacy of some particular group or race over all others
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surfeit
Pronounce   n. the state of being more than full, the quality of being so overabundant that prices fall
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synecdoche
Pronounce   n. a word or phrase in which a part of something is used to refer to the whole of it
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temperature
Pronounce   n. the degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment, he somatic sensation of cold or heat
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tenet
Pronounce   n. one of the principles on which a belief or theory is based
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timbre
Pronounce   n. a quality of sound that makes voices or musical instruments sound different from each other
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triathlon
Pronounce   n. athletic contest consisting of three different events
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truculent
Pronounce   a. defiantly aggressive, unpleasant and likely to argue a lot
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verbiage
Pronounce   n. the manner in which something is expressed in words, overabundance of words
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voluptuous
Pronounce   a. (of a woman's body) having soft, curved, sexually attractive body
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yolk
Pronounce   n. the yellow, middle part of an egg
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zephyr
Pronounce   n. a slight wind, usually refreshing
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zoology
Pronounce   n. the branch of biology that studies animals
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